”Every dream I’ve ever had about baseball just got fulfilled."

"I do love closing—it’s fun!"

"Something inside of me knew I was ready."

"I try to get outs as quickly as I can."

"To be able to play—even if it was only in Spring Training—alongside guys I grew up idolizing was pretty neat to me. I grew up watching Braves games every night, so it was really cool to be able to meet some of them."

"If I execute my pitches, I’ll be okay."

"The first day I made the team, I said, ‘You knw what? I’m a big leaguer now. And I’m a reliever.' A big-league reliever is better than a Minor League starter."

"Deep down, I think pitchers all want to be the best."

"To be in the World Series as a closer is every kid’s dream."

"We have so much chemistry and so many great players. I really couldn't ask for anything more."

"I like being on the mound when the game is on the line, just like I like being on the last tee with a chance to win."

"To be in this situation now is just unbelievable. I’m so lucky to be here."

"Every pitch matters. I know that sounds cliched, but it really is true. One pitch can be the difference between six innings and no runs or six innings and three runs."

"I try to keep it on an even keel and stay as focused as possible all the time.
mentally and physically, I’m a little more mature. It’s been a little easier to stay focused, and think about what I’m supposed to think about."

"It’s good to get the first out. But tell me about a situation where the pitcher is not trying to get the first batter out."

"Our team is fantastic—it’s exciting to be a part of it."





Adam Wainwright, 2002 Bowman Draft

Adam Wainwright,
2003 Topps Chrome


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